In short bursts MINDSCAPE

In short bursts

The prospect of my morning exercise routine loomed over me as a stressor. Though I manage stretches...

By Vandana Kohli | October 16, 2017
Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De

Novelist and columnist Shobhaa De has always been outspoken in her writing and views on urban India. The former editor of magazines like Stardust, Society and Celebrity, has been a model and scriptwriter.


  • The Arya magic

    The Arya magic

    By Shobhaa De | October 22, 2017

    Many, many moons ago, I walked nervously into the imposing <i>Times of India</i> building in Mumbai for a modelling assignment. I was directed to a studio by the editor of...

  • The good judge wins it all for us

    The good judge wins it all for us

    By Shobhaa De | September 10, 2017

    Like me, there are millions of Mumbaikars who are noise-sensitive. As Indians, we tend to ignore high decibel levels, preferring to shout when we can speak less belligerently....

  • A lot to crow about Croatia

    A lot to crow about Croatia

    By Shobhaa De | August 13, 2017

    When I jauntily suggested a Croatian cruise to my husband, I had very little idea about this fascinating and very young country, which attained its independence in 1991. I had...

  • Mumbai’s tryst with female diplomats

    Mumbai’s tryst with female diplomats

    By Shobhaa De | June 18, 2017

    I hadn’t realised Mumbai’s diplomatic corps is verily bursting at the seams with amazing women—five consul generals, no less! Each exceptionally accomplished, attractive,...

  • Aishwaryaa on the apple box

    Aishwaryaa on the apple box

    By Shobhaa De | May 21, 2017

    A ravishingly beautiful young woman, with fresh mehendi drying on her palms, walked up to me at a high-profile wedding in Udaipur recently, and whispered, “I am Aishwaryaa....”...

  • Second time lucky

    Second time lucky

    By Shobhaa De | May 07, 2017

    My first trip to the Maldives was a complete disaster. I was invited to a literary festival by well-meaning organisers who assumed there were readers in Malé—the capital city...

  • A city of neo hijabis

    A city of neo hijabis

    By Shobhaa De | March 26, 2017

    I was back in one of this region’s most fascinating cities after a year or so. The last time I was there, the city was like a war zone, with barricades, roadblocks and cops...

  • Voice of sanity

    Voice of sanity

    By Shobhaa De | February 26, 2017

    It is hard to believe Dehradun resident Anurag Chauhan, who calls himself a social activist, is just 22 years old. He has certainly achieved a lot for his age, starting with an...

  • Fest impressions

    Fest impressions

    By Shobhaa De | February 12, 2017

    The JLF jamboree marks the end of the Lit Fest season in India. The caravan then moves to other climes, other less sexy cities... and life for us hacks goes back to its daily,...

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